European Commission: French blind spot sticker not contrary to EU law

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Source:, 2021-04-26

France’s blind spot stickers do not break EU law, according to a statement by Adina Ioana Vălean, the European Commissioner for Transport.

Commissioner Valean made the statement in an answer to a question from two MEPs.

The response was published on 23 April by Transport and Logistics Netherlands (TLN), who are desperate to have the blind spot sticker requirements scrapped or at least relaxed.

Commenting on the answer from Adina Ioana Vălean, TLN’s disappointment was clear: ''Transport and Logistics Netherlands and its individual members have done everything in their power to challenge the French sticker obligation, because its effectiveness has not been proven, it is often impossible to apply (including container transport and abnormal transport) and because a European-wide approach is much more effective.''

As TLN also points out, new trucks operating in the EU must be equipped with blind spot safety systems and a better direct field of vision as of 2024.

The European Commission states it is still in talks with France to discuss how to “avoid a disproportionate burden on businesses.”

TLN nonetheless says the answer from the European Commission gives them “little confidence that more easing will be implemented, also because there is too little pressure from other member states.”

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